Everyday ways to get moving this fall

Do you find it difficult to fit 30 minutes of physical activity into your life every day? It may be easier than you think, even with a busy lifestyle. The following everyday activities all count toward your days total if theyre done with moderate intensity - and most take only minutes. 1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and take a brisk walk to start your day. Enjoy the crisp fall air before winter sets in. 2. Rake the leaves. 3. Park at the far end of the parking lot or get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. 4. If you work on a computer all day, get up and walk to the water fountain or do a lap around the office for five minutes every hour or so. 5. Walk or ride your bike to do nearby errands. 6. While you watch TV, do household chores or projects: mop the floor, dust the furniture or clean the mirrors. Avoid the couch potato syndrome. 7. Instead of letting the dog out in the yard, grab Fidos leash and go for a walk. It will keep both of you more fit. 8. Forget the drive-through car wash and wash the car yourself. 9. Play actively with your kids, grand-kids or pets. 10. Use exercise equipment while reading the paper, planning your to-do list or watching the news. A physically active lifestyle offers many rewards, from weight maintenance to heart health to strong bones and stress relief. Choose what type of exercise works for you and aim for 30 minutes most days of the week.

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